THE odyssey to the ultimate cabaret spectacle begins with a voyage past a cornucopia of sirens with a Captain from the depths of the ocean next month.

The North Wales Burlesque and Cabaret Festival’s (NWBCF) Seren yn Codi competition returns to the Conwy Comrades Club - formerly the British Legion - on Saturday, November 3, followed by the Captain of the Lost Waves on Friday November 16.

Now in its fifth year, the Seren yn Codi burlesque semi-final will welcome a diverse array of performers from all over the world competing for a coveted spot to perform in the competition’s final on Friday, January 25 at Theatr Colwyn, 20 semi-finalists will take to the stage for an evening which promises to dazzle and entertain.

Kimberley Edmunds, co-founder and organiser of NWBCF said: “Each year the standard of entries to the Seren yn Codi competition increases.

“We have had applications from so many amazing acts, it’s been a majorly tough job to narrow the applicants down to 20 semi-finalists. This year there is such a wide variety of acts this year ranging from an Absinthe Fairy to a nun - we even have a Mary Poppins!”

Picking up the baton two weeks later, the Welsh Government’s Year of the Sea initiative will team up with NWBCF to lead the sensational Captain of the Lost Waves to harbour along with his steampunk crew of magical Foxee Stole,the burlesque beauty of Velvet Fox and Conwy Jester Erwyd.

Described as Charlie Chaplin with the voices of Freddie Mercury and Klaus Nomi, the Captain will offer audiences a porthole into his unique world through deep, outlandish lyrics weaved masterfully together with sublime songwriting finesse.

Russel Erwood, co-founder of NWBCF said: “Bringing the Captain to North Wales is a major coup for both NWBCF and Conwy. This is a show you will not want to miss. You will be captivated from the first note.”

For a double bill of Victorian splendour and magnificent nautical steampunk style, head to the Conwy Comrades for Seren yn Codi on November 3 at 7.30pm and the Captain of the Lost Waves on November 16 at 8pm.

Tickets for the Seren yn Codi semi-final cost £5.50 and £8.50 for the Captain of the Lost Waves, both are available from